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Indiana teen dies after collapsing during football practice


LAPORTE, IND. — Authorities say a northern Indiana high school player has died after collapsing during practice.

LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan says 17-year-old Jake West suffered apparent cardiac arrest Wednesday evening at LaPorte High School’s football field.

Sullivan tells WNDU-TV that bystanders and coaches performed CPR on West and emergency workers shocked him with a defibrillator before taking him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

West was a junior and played linebacker for the 1,900-student school about 25 miles west of South Bend.

Sullivan says an autopsy is planned to confirm what caused West’s death.

 

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